jim crawford

Associate Professor of Theatre
B.A., Brown University; M.F.A., University of California at San Diego
Tennessee Williams Center 13 / (931)598-1303


James Crawford joined the Sewanee faculty in 2016, after spending 16 years acting, teaching and directing in Dallas, where he was Head of Acting for the BFA and MFA programs at Southern Methodist University. He appeared in over a dozen productions at the Dallas Theater Center, including The Real Thing, Twelfth Night, Joe Egg, Driving Miss Daisy, Arsenic and Old Lace, Pride & Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest, Our Town, The Night of the Iguana, A Christmas Carol, and Inexpressible Island.  For his performances as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, James was named Best Actor by D Magazine, the Dallas Observer and the Dallas Voice, and also received the Leon Rabin Award and a Dallas/Fort Worth Critics Forum Award.  James has acted with such nationally acclaimed directors as Stan Wojewodski, Des McAnuff, Tina Landau, Leslie Swackhamer, and Robert Woodruff. He has acted at many theaters in New York City and Dallas/Fort Worth, and at regional theaters across the country, including the La Jolla Playhouse, Triad Stage, and the Adirondacks Theatre Festival. James appeared Off-Broadway in En Garde Arts’ Obie-winning production of The Trojan Women, A Love Story. Most recently, he appeared in Shakespeare in Love and A Streetcar Named Desire at Nashville Rep.

At Sewanee, James has directed productions of Cabaret, Our Country’s Good, The Crucible, Good Kids, and upcoming, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He teaches a variety of acting classes at Sewanee, and is co-director of the Sewanee-in-England program.  James is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.